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4 common medications that are making you tired
4 common medications that are making you tired


They're among the most commonly prescribed medications, especially for women. (Women are twice as likely as men to take antidepressants, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.) But they can also make you tired.

Most modern antidepressants (SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) work by regulating serotonin, a mood chemical in the brain that plays an important role in sleep. Although SSRIs tend to be less sedating than older antidepressants (including tricyclics such as Elavil), some people still end up feeling sluggish. Zoloft users often report this side effect


You may be taking them for your seasonal allergies, but these drugs are also really good at helping you doze off—so good, in fact, that they're actually used in sleep aids like Unisom. They work by blocking histamine, an itch- and sneeze-inducing chemical that also happens to be a neurotransmitter.

Blood pressure medication

According to the CDC, nearly 75 million Americans—a staggering 1 in every 3 adults—suffer from hypertension. It's often treated with beta blockers, but these drugs aren't exactly well-liked among patients.

Beta blockers inhibit the production of adrenaline, a hormone that causes your heart to beat rapidly. By slowing your heart rate, they lower the force of the blood pounding on your artery walls (aka your blood pressure). But having less adrenaline can also zap your energy level. One beta blocker, Inderal, is particularly fatiguing.

Anti-anxiety medications

Benzodiazepines are among "the most widely prescribed medication in the world,"

These drugs bind to a receptor in the brain that releases a chemical called GABA. When GABA is released, it signals the brain and body to relax, which can provide short-term relief to someone with intense anxiety. But it may also work a little too well, causing you to become drowsy or even fall asleep.

The most sedating drug in this class is Ativan, says Simpkins. It causes so much sleepiness that doctors typically prescribe it as a sleep aid for people whose anxious thoughts are keeping them awake.

Posted on: 2016/9/23 14:03
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